CLEVELAND, Ohio - Dylan Sheridan, a former assistant coach at Princeton and Denver, has been named the inaugural head men's lacrosse coach at Cleveland State, Director of Athletics John Parry announced today.
"I'd like to thank Mr. Parry and Dr. Berkman for this incredible opportunity," Sheridan said. "I was instantly struck by the vibrancy of the University when I stepped onto campus. The addition of lacrosse at CSU is another in the line of progressive forward thinking moves made by the University in recent years.
"It's my goal for the lacrosse program to reflect Cleveland State, both in our play and in our service to the community. I could not be more excited to come back home to Ohio and grow the sport at it's highest level. I can't wait to get to work to bring the program to life and make CSU and the city of Cleveland proud."
"Dylan's experience as a recruiting coordinator at Princeton and Denver, combined with his being from Northeast Ohio makes him the perfect choice to lead the CSU men's lacrosse team from start up to national prominence," Parry said. "It is a daunting task, but I am sure Dylan will succeed."
Sheridan will start the CSU program after spending last year as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Princeton where he was responsible for the training and coaching of the defense, clearing and faceoff units. Sheridan helped lead the Tigers to a share of the regular season Ivy League title.
Prior to arriving at Princeton, Sheridan spent four years at the University of Denver, helping the Pioneers to Final Four appearances in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Sheridan first worked with the face off unit before becoming the defensive coordinator for head coach Bill Tierney. The 2014 squad had the top-ranked defense in the Big East and the 10th-ranked defense in Division I, allowing just 8.47 goals per game.
A 2006 graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Sheridan was a member of the club lacrosse team, serving as team captain three times. He earned MCLA All-America honors three times and was the WCLL Player of the Year as a senior. In addition, he was a three-time All-West Coast Lacrosse League selection.
In addition to lacrosse, Sheridan was also a four-year member of the football team at Claremont McKenna.
He is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, where he helped the team to three Ohio high school state championship games, including the 2001 title.
Sheridan began his coaching career at Division II Pfeiffer and also coached at Division III Lebanon Valley. He moved to Denver as a volunteer assistant in 2011 before moving up to second assistant and then defensive coordinator.
In addition, he was also the head coach of the Thailand National Team at the 2014 World Championships.
The Vikings will begin play in the spring of 2017.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DYLAN SHERIDAN
"The Denver Pioneers are extremely proud that Dylan Sheridan will be the head coach of men's lacrosse at Cleveland State University. Dylan has never backed away from a challenge as he has climbed the coaching ladder from a Division III assistant to a Division I volunteer, to our defensive coordinator, to the head assistant at Princeton to now the head coach at Cleveland State. CSU could not have picked a better man to lead the Vikings into Division I Lacrosse. Dylan has many great qualities. He is a relentless recruiter, one of the best faceoff coaches in the game, knows lacrosse inside and out, has boundless energy and has an amazing wife (our daughter, Brianne!). Although he was at Princeton this year, we feel that Dylan's four years as a Denver Pioneer had an instrumental role in helping us win the 2015 NCAA Championship."
Bill Tierney, Head Coach University of Denver
"Princeton's loss is certainly Cleveland State's gain. Dylan really did a wonderful job in his year here with our Tiger Lacrosse program. He has a great passion for the game as well as for the young men he coaches. Dylan is very bright, articulate, and has a great knowledge of the game. I think he will do great things at CSU. While we are all sorry to see him go, we are excited to watch him build the Viking program and develop the game of lacrosse in the greater Cleveland area."
Chris Bates, Head Coach Princeton University